Trump-Voting Nail Company Executive Begs Democrats For Help After Blaming Trump For Layoffs: Report
An executive for the largest U.S. nail producer who voted for Donald Trump is now filled with regret and blames the president’s trade policies for his company’s layoffs.
George Skarich, vice president of sales for Missouri-based Mid Continent Nail Corporation, spoke with The New York Times and admitted that his company could soon go out of business.
“He ran on ‘Make America Great Again,’ and the point was to defend and protect jobs in the United States,” Skarich told the Times.
“Now, here is an action he decides to take that has the potential to cost 500 U.S. citizens their jobs,” he added, referring to the 25 percent tariffs on steel imports that Trump announced in March.
According to the Times, Skarich had to raise his company’s prices by almost 20 percent, causing them to lose a large number of customers as they faced stiff competition from cheaper foreign manufacturers.
To try and salvage the company, Skarich said the company had to cut 60 jobs and might cut up to 200 more in the coming weeks. He blames Trump for the layoffs.
As a result, Skarich said he is now lobbying Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) for help.